AWARE – Fish Identification

“What was that fish??????” Come find out with Sea to Sky Scuba's Fish Identification course!

Have more questions? Call 604-990-3483 or stop by our store at 194 Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver.

Who should take this course?

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to expand your knowledge of local marine species, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you can identify the creatures that you see.

If you’re at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enrol in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.

What will you learn?

Once you learn to recognize what types of fish you see, you’ll find it easier to reference the exact species after a scuba dive. For example, a butterfly fish in the Caribbean has a similar shape to a butterfly fish in Southeast Asia, but colors and markings may be wildly different. If you know what fish family it belongs to, you can more easily look up the local name or at least be able to intelligently ask the local scuba instructor what you saw.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify characteristics of local fish families and species.
  • Fish survey techniques and strategies.
  • About Project AWARE activities that can help protect aquatic life

Get credit! The first dive of this PADI Specialty Diver course may credit as an Adventure Dive toward your Advanced Open Water Diver certification – ask your instructor about earning credit.

What is included?

  • Two open water dives
  • Knowledge development (classroom sessions, independent study)

What do you need?

  • Personal Items
  • Basic Scuba Kit
  • Exposure Suit
  • Bottom Timer/computer

Missing some gear? Ask us about our rental packages!

AWARE – Fish Identification


  • Included:
  • 2 Open Water Dives
  • Classroom sessions and independent study
  • Not Included:
  • Basic Scuba Kit
  • Personal Items
  • Exposure Suit
  • Dive computer/timer
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  • Peronsal items: Mask, Snorkel
  • Basic Scuba Kit: Tank, Fins, BCD, Regulator, Weights
  • Missing Gear?All gear can be rented or bought at the shop!